Sunday, 23 April 2017
Woolwich Common – the race approaches
I spent part of today watching some of the London Marathon in particular with the idea of supporting a friend who was running. My plan was to watch the race early on and then head to Surrey Quays and Canada Water. The first part worked perfectly as I got to Woolwich Common just in time to see the passage of the Elite Men.
There was also plenty of space so that it was easy to applaud the runners and encourage individuals. However, such was the density of runners that I completely missed my friend.
The pack of Elite Men
Not quite so fast but still speedy – above and below
It was noticeable that even at the two mile mark there were some participants who were already getting very tired. Wonder how much training some of these stragglers had actually done.
Further into the race:
Surrey Quays – the crowds get thicker
Jamaica Road – crowds four and five deep.
Impossible to watch while holding a bike
so I headed home
Saturday, 22 April 2017
Musicians – poles apart
On Thursday night we had an enjoyabe evening in the cellars of Ackerman in Saint-Hilaire Saint-Florent. We were fortunate to have talented musicians throughout the evening.
Mr Sax – a series
(above and below)
Duo picking up shards of a broken glass
The Band of Medics
Friday, 21 April 2017
Statue of François Rabelais beside the Vienne
Yesterday we followed in the footsteps of François Rabelais, author, man of many talents and the renowned promoter of the wines of Chinon. This included a visit to the Rabelais Museum at La Devinière in Seuilly.
Vines @La Devinière, birthplace of Rabelais
(above and below)
Young buds to date not
affected by the recent frosts
The pigeonnier @La Devinière
Eminent wine writer @ease
View of Chinon from South Bank of the Vienne
after a very dry winter
Vienne: Looking upstream
with statue of Rabelais on left close to the trees
Inside the Caves Painctes, Chinon:
Poster advertising the works of Rabelais